When disaster strikes, city services may be cut off and local disaster relief and government responders may not be able to reach you. You need to have plans and supplies in place to make it on your own, at least for a limited time, no matter where you are, or when an emergency happens.
|Being prepared is the best way that you can help during a disaster or an emergency situation. Having an emergency supply kit will ensure that you and your family will be able to take care of basic needs during a disaster.
An emergency supply kit should include the following:
- Water, one gallon per person per day for three days for drinking, food preparation and sanitation
- Food, a three-day supply of non-perishable food (include a can opener)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Local Maps
- Cell chargers, inverter or solar power
| Additional items to consider:
- Prescription medicine and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank records in a waterproof container
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person and additional bedding
- Complete change of clothing including sturdy shoes, long sleeved shirts and pants
- Household chlorine bleach
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles, and activities
|Pets typically aren't allowed in shelters so it is especially important to plan for them.
Prepare for your pets too!
|Your Pet Disaster Kit should include:
- Pet food, treats, and water (include a can opener for canned food)
- Pet medications, vaccination and medical records in a waterproof container
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers to move your pets safely
- Current photos of your pet in case they get lost
- Veterinarian contact information
- Identification tag and collar
- List of places and contacts to keep your pets in an emergency
- Pet beds and toys if there is room
|For those of you in scout programs, the Office of Emergency Management is always available to assist an individual scout, a troop or other group in achieving their merit badges related to Emergency Management.